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Sports During The Great Depression

The Great Depression

Thomas Hastings

on 7 May 2013

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By: Thomas, Ryan, Austin, and Chris Sports During The Great Depression Impact On Sports Top Baseball Players During The Great Depression Basketball Boxing Hockey How sports helped people during The Great Depression Football was not as popular as baseball during the great depression but the NFL was alive. Players were being paid about 100 dollars per game. People didn't watch much but NFL players were mostly rich. Sports was a huge part of The Great Depression, but sports was definetly affected. People tried to play sports to keep a postive mood to themselves and people around them. Many people played baseball and some people played basketball, and football. Sports became fun to watch and people payed to go to games. Sports helped The Great Depression be more active and fun. This helped the people to be releived from The Great Depression The Great Depression certainly had an impact on the sports in America. American sports were able to cut down the Depression of the 30's far better than most other countries of the economy. In those years cities wondered if they could continue their stadium-building projects. In Los Angeles, which had won the right to host the 1932 Olympics and was in the process of expanding its coliseum to seat 105,000, had to be stopped.When Roosevelt became president, sports in America looked bleak. Unemployment went as high as twenty five percent and few people could afford to attend games. Some of the fantastic players during the great depression were Babe Ruth, Lou Gejnrig, Rodgers Hornsby, Mickey Cohrane, Frank Frisch, Lefty Grove, Carl Hubbell, Herb Penock, Pie trainer, Paul Waner, Dizzy dean, Al Simmons, Bill dickey, Bill terry ,Gabby Hartnet, and Ted Cions. They all kept the MLB going strong! Football During The Great Depression During the 1930s, football was almost as popular with Nebraskans as it is today. High school teams were good and helpful to entire communities. The University of Nebraska team was becoming a national team. D.X. Bible had been hired as the University of Nebraska football coach a few months before the October, 1929, stock market crash. Under coach Bible, the team won the Big-6 conference championship six years in a row. Many Nebraska players were tough young men who had grown up on dirt-poor farms and small town homes. Boxing in the 1930s was hurt by one of the biggest economic struggles in the history of the Arizona: The great depression. Because of the suffering American economy, many boxers were offered lower purses, and they would not fight for low amounts of money. There was a world Middleweight champion, Mickey Walker, but he was more interested in pursuing fights with the best Heavyweight contenders, instead of facing his own contenders down at the Middleweight division. The Heavyweight division, during 1930 to 1937 in particular, could be compared to the Heavyweight division of the 1980s. Six champions were crowned before Joe Louis began his legendary run as Heavyweight champion in 1937. He retired in 1949, still being the world’s Heavyweight champion. Boxing matches were so popular in the 30’s that they spurred the sales of radios. The Depression did hurt gate receipts, but radio also cut into profits as more and more Americans tuned in to ringside coverage. The career of Joe Louis paralleled the rise of boxing on the wireless and contributed significantly to the popularity of other sports reported over the new medium, Friday Night Fights became an institution. Joe Louis defended his world heavyweight crown three times in 1938, a record in boxing history. His most memorable match was against the former champion Max Scheming. Louis beat the German in 2 minutes and 4 seconds, battering him so badly that Scheming was hospitalized for 10 days. More than 70,000 people attended the fight in Yankee Stadium in New York City. Earlier that year, Louis had knocked out Nathan Mann at Madison Square Garden, and Harry Thomas in Chicago Stadium. Basketball During the Great Depression
Basketball wasn’t as popular as baseball or boxing, but it was still a much liked sport during the great depression. High school basketball was very popular because it was very cheap. The best basketball player during the depression was Will Rodgers. People couldn’t afford to go to a lot of basketball games. Nine out often hockey players were Canadians in the 1930s, but National Hockey League (NHL) teams in Boston first and New York, Chicago, and Detroit later were helping to increase the sport's popularity and give universal recognition to the organized league. The New York Rangers had become the first American Division team to win the Stanley Cup in 1928, They came in first place in 1930, only to be eliminated in four games by the Montreal Maroons. The Chicago Black Hawks won the Stanley Cup in 1934. In 1938, with the veteran Marsh and American-born players such as Alex Levinsky, Carl Voss, and goalie Mike Karakas (who played the final game with a broken toe), the Black Hawks, who had the sixth-best—or third-worst—record in league play, captured their second Stanley Cup.
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